Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Dunn.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My journey began 36 years ago when I was born on August 17, 1983, in Dallas, TX. The youngest of three girls, I was always ambitious and making my voice and presence known.
At an early age, I realized I had a love for TV, Entertainment and Fashion. I LOVED it, I watched all the shows memorized the lines and acted it out in the bathroom mirror. The reenacting of my favorite shows to never missing an episode of Entertainment Tonight the older I get, the more I understand the shaping of those early days and how they eventually would be critical to my life today.
After graduating high school in 2001, I left Dallas, and I went on to attend (HBCU) Prairie View A&M University. It would be in those years that I would hone in on my fashion skills, as well as my journalist side, I was a writer for the newspaper. As luck would have it, an opportunity would come about that would put me on the trajectory into fashion. There was a movie shooting on campus and my Fashion Merchandising Professor asked students if we would like to volunteer, of course, I said yes, I would go on to assist the wardrobe stylist on the film, and set my sights on fashion styling.
After graduating with A B.A. in Communications, I was now living in Houston, and working retail, it would be short-lived as I would get a job in marketing a few months after graduating. I was grateful to have the job, I knew that this wasn’t me which meant I had to hustle and hustle hard. I made business cards, went and registered my business with my first DBA and I began my grassroots efforts of promoting myself as a stylist. I would do closets, style co-workers, friends family, anybody who would hire me, I was just so happy to be doing the work I loved.
Over the next six years while working full time in corporate America, my styling business grew, and in 2012, a few months after getting married, I knew that it was time to double down on my career and give it all I had.
Easier said than done, the first year of working for myself was hell, what I projected I would make I didn’t, and I felt like a failure. At the end of 2013, I would get a jolt of an opportunity that would reestablish my love of TV and Fashion. I embarked on a career as an on-air fashion journalist, with weekly segments on the local news reporting on topics including fashion, lifestyle and more.
Within the next few years, I would fail, succeed and fail again all to succeed again. One thing about those years In Houston is that I needed to fail there, I needed the rejection, to prepare me on how to handle it, that was my training.
I knew that it was time to make another jump, I had done all I could do professionally in Houston at the time and it was time to move on. After many years of planning and back and forth on the move, my husband and I moved to LA in May of 2018. Just as I felt in 2012 when I quit my job to become a full-time stylist, here I was again.
Since moving to LA, I’m now an Entertainment Reporter, Go Figure, which consists of interviewing your favorite celebrities on and off the red carpet about their latest movies and projects and of course who and what their wearing but more importantly, I love asking about their views on what’s happening around us. I absolutely love the space I’m in and the work I get to do, I am enjoying the ride and although the journey to get here wasn’t a pretty one, it was mine. As the Legend Tyler Perry says: “Your beginning never dictates your destination”, so although I’ve had many No’s, I’ve given myself the Yes I need to accomplish my dreams. I’m just getting started and I have no plans on slowing down anytime soon.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an Entertainment and Fashion Journalist.
I have always had a passion for both fashion and entertainment, so to be able to have a career that encompasses both passions is a true blessing.
My message through my work is to inspire women and girls to pursue their wildest dreams and to dream bigger than their environment, and most importantly to persevere.
I want people to see me and my story and say because of her tenacity and fight I know I can’t give up.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The biggest challenge artists face today is being seen and heard. There is a huge influx of talent online, which can prove hard for someone to get their work seen. It only takes that one person to see it and share it with someone else who can then create opportunity. So, although it’s though with so much content out there, the thing is you have to keep putting it out you never know how close you are. It only takes One YES, One VIEW, One SHARE. Keep Going.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on Instagram and my website.
- Website: www.ashleydunnstyle.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/iamashleydunn
Darryl Dunn (Husband)